Facts on Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients

Nelson Mandela

Served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

10 facts about Nelson Mandela

Bill Gates

Is an American business magnate, investor, philanthropist, and author.

10 facts about Bill Gates

Bob Hope

Was an English-born American comedian and actor who appeared on Broadway,

10 facts about Bob Hope

James Watson

Is an American geneticist and biophysicist who was noted for the discovery of the molecular structure of DNA.

10 facts about James Watson

John Bardeen

Was an eminent American physicist who revolutionized the fields of electronics and magnetic resonance imaging.

10 facts about John Bardeen

Stephen Hawking

Is a British theoretical physicist who made important contributions to the fields of cosmology and quantum gravity.

10 facts about Stephen Hawking

Edward Teller

Was a Hungarian-born American nuclear physicist who was instrumental in the production of the first atomic bomb as well as the world’s first thermonuclear weapon, Hydrogen bomb.

10 facts about Edward Teller

Jonas Salk

Was an American medical researcher and virologist.

10 facts about Jonas Salk

John F. Kennedy

Was the 35th President of the US from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

10 facts about John F. Kennedy

Lyndon B. Johnson

Was the 36th President of the United States, holding office from 1963 to 1969.

10 facts about Lyndon B. Johnson

Gerald Ford

Was the 38th President of the United States serving from 1974 to 1977.

10 facts about Gerald Ford

Jimmy Carter

Is an American politician and was the President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

10 facts about Jimmy Carter

Ronald Reagan

Was the 40th President of the United States and held office from 1981 till 1989.

10 facts about Ronald Reagan

George H. W. Bush

Is an American politician who was the 41st President of US from 1989 to 1993.

10 facts about George H. W. Bush

Robert De Niro

Is an American actor who is considered by many to be among the greatest actors to ever grace the screen.

10 facts about Robert De Niro

Tom Hanks

Is one of the most beloved actors in American history and is known not only for his talent but also for his boundless generosity.

10 facts about Tom Hanks

Denzel Washington

Is one of the most recognized African American actors in the history of modern day cinema.

10 facts about Denzel Washington

Charlton Heston

Is a well-respected American actor who has won several awards during his career in films.

10 facts about Charlton Heston

John Wayne

Is one of the most respected and revered actors in Hollywood history

10 facts about John Wayne

Sidney Poitier

Is an American born Bahamian actor, author, director and diplomat.

10 facts about Sidney Poitier

Robert Redford

Is a famous and very charismatic American actor, producer, film director, philanthropist and environmentalist.

10 facts about Robert Redford

Kirk Douglas

Is a Hollywood Superstar who was born Issur Danielovitch in New York on 9th December 1916.

10 facts about Kirk Douglas

Meryl Streep

Is a highly acclaimed American film actress known for her phenomenal performances in movies and on Broadway

10 facts about Meryl Streep

Barbra Streisand

Is an American actress, singer-songwriter, film director and producer.

10 facts about Barbra Streisand

Michael Jordan

is an American former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and majority owner and chairman of the Charlotte Bobcats.

10 facts about Michael Jordan

Roger Staubach

is former star National Football League (NFL) quarterback and current businessman.

10 facts about Roger Staubach

Arnold Palmer

is an American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of men's professional golf.

10 facts about Arnold Palmer

Tiger Woods

is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time.

10 facts about Tiger Woods

Gary Player

is a South African professional golfer.

10 facts about Gary Player

Mariano Rivera

is a Panamanian former baseball pitcher who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees.

10 facts about Mariano Rivera

Martin Luther King

was an American clergyman, activist, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

10 facts about Martin Luther King

Edwin Herbert Land

was an American scientist and inventor

10 facts about Edwin Herbert Land

Grace Murray Hopper

was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral

10 facts about Grace Murray Hopper

Mario Molina

A Mexican chemist.

10 facts about Mario Molina

Rachel Carson

An American marine biologist.

10 facts about Rachel Carson

Sally Ride

An astronaut and American physicist.

10 facts about Sally Ride